Posted / 5th July 2019
Garden lovers have long been drawn to Donegal and its beautiful landscapes including the wonderful parklands of Oakfield Park.
Since opening to the public in 2006, Oakfield Park has won several national awards for the restoration of its gardens and buildings. Sitting in a lush landscape of parklands and mature woodlands, overlooking the distant Croaghan Mountain, the grounds include a traditional walled garden and kitchen garden – a treat for any green-fingered expert or aspiring chef.
The lower gardens at Oakfield Park consist of a large lake, planted with reeds and wild flowers; now home to swans and abundant wildlife. The Castle Folly, built on the opposite shore, provides stunning views across the parklands.
Check out this article by head gardener, Wendy Bridgett to find out more about some of the beautiful flowers in bloom in Oakfield Park at this time of year:
Delphinium ‘Pacific Giant’
THINGS IT LOVES: Thrives best in a sunny, sheltered situation. Soil fertile and well drained.
INTERESTING FACTS: Plant in spring. Cutting back flowering stems when they are finished flowering can induce another flush of flowers in autumn.
BEST TIME TO SEE IT AT OAKFIELD PARK: Main flowering period June and July.
INTERESTING FACTS: Cut to ground level once flowering season is over.
THINGS IT LOVES: Well drained soil in full sun.
BEST TIME TO SEE IT AT OAKFIELD PARK: Flowering period May to June.
Continus Coggygria ‘Royal Purple’
INTERESTING FACTS: Commonly known as the smoke bush. It is deciduous. Autumn colour can be strikingly varied. Flowers are feathery plumes when viewed on mass and have a wispy smoke like appearance, hence the common name.
THINGS IT LOVES: Full sun/partial shade. Well drained soil.
BEST TIME TO SEE IT AT OAKFIELD PARK: Flowers late spring to early summer.
Kerria Japonica ‘Pleniflora’
INTERESTING FACTS: Commonly known as Jews Mallow.
THINGS IT LOVES: Any garden soil in sun or partial shade, avoid open or wind swept site.
BEST TIME TO SEE IT AT OAKFIELD PARK: Flowering mainly April and May. It can occasionally flower in other months.
INTERESTING FACTS: Commonly known as goats beard, bucks beard or brides feathers. It is a herbaceous perennial plant. Cut back after flowering. The plants are dioecious (separate male and female parts).
THINGS IT LOVES: Likes full sun or partial shade.
BEST TIME TO SEE IT AT OAKFIELD PARK: Flowers late spring or summer.
INTERESTING FACTS: This climber is deciduous, it will lose leaves in autumn and have fresh foliage in spring. Cut back established plants after flowering, removing a third of flowering shoots.
THINGS IT LOVES: Its root likes to be in deep shade. Humus rich, well drained soil.
BEST TIME TO SEE IT AT OAKFIELD PARK: Flowers May to July.
Rosa ‘Joseph’s Coat’
INTERESTING FACTS: A climbing rose with a kaleidoscope of colours. Moderately fragrant.
THINGS IT LOVES: Full sun and rich, fertile, moist but well drained soil.
BEST TIME TO SEE IT AT OAKFIELD PARK: Blooms in flushes spring and summer.
Sambucus Nigra ‘Purpurea’
INTERESTING FACTS: Commonly known as the purple leave elder. Prune hard in spring to encourage new growth.
THINGS IT LOVES: Sun/part shade.
BEST TIME TO SEE IT AT OAKFIELD PARK: Flowering June in any garden soil, even clay.
INTERESTING FACTS: Commonly known as the lupin. Quick growing, tolerant of light, shade and town conditions. They come in a vast range of colours and tend to be a cottage garden favourite.
THINGS IT LOVES: Thrives sun or light shade.
INTERESTING FACTS: Commonly known as calla lillies. They are semi-aquatic and thirst for water.
THINGS IT LOVES: love moist soil. Bright indirect sunlight is ideal.
Mentha Piperita ‘Chocolate’
INTERESTING FACTS: Commonly known as chocolate mint, can be grown indoors and outside. Use the leaves in your dishes and drinks.
THINGS IT LOVES: Full to partial sun.
BEST TIME TO SEE IT AT OAKFIELD PARK: Harvest throughout the growing season.
INTERESTING FACTS: Common name sweet/Spanish chestnut. Known on Oakfield Park as 12 apostles because of limbs. Sweet chestnut is long established in Ireland. It gets catkins which are yellowish followed by spring fruits containing edible nuts. It is thought that ours was planted during the Battle of the Boyne and is registered with the Irish Tree Council.
THINGS IT LOVES: Thrives on moist acid to neutral sandy loam but tolerates a wide range of reasonable deep soils.
BEST TIME TO SEE IT AT OAKFIELD PARK: all year
We would love to welcome your group to Oakfield Park this summer. We are offering a 10% discount off group bookings of 20 or more people. To find out about our group packages and garden tours please call us on +353 (0)74 91 73068 or email [email protected].